Pokemon is an anime, or Japanese animation, television show geared towards children or younger teens. It takes place in a fantasy world where creatures called Pokemon live. These creatures all have different traits. Some Pokemon live in the water, others resemble insects, and still others are more similar to ghosts or machines. Each Pokemon has a certain set of skills that helps it to battle other Pokemon. As a Pokemon becomes stronger, it gains experience and levels and many Pokemon eventually evolve into a new form.
People called Pokemon trainers travel the land, trying to capture and train as many Pokemon as possible, so as to become legendary Pokemon masters. They battle their Pokemon against other trainer's Pokemon in order to gain experience or badges, which mark them as professional trainers.
The Pokemon show centers around Ash Ketchum, a young boy who is just starting out as a Pokemon trainer. He is given his very own Pokemon, Pikachu. As they travel the country, Ash and Pikachu meet many friends and fellow Pokemon trainers. They help both people and Pokemon solve problems. Ash also continues to capture or collect as many Pokemon as he can, and trains his Pokemon to be strong in battle.
As Ash and his friends continue their journey, they run afoul of Team Rocket. This group always has a scheme that leads to trouble, whether they are attempting to steal Ash's remarkable Pikachu or extend the grasp of their dangerous organization. Usually, it is up to Ash and his fellow Pokemon trainers to help subdue Team Rocket.
As they continue to face their challenges, Pikachu becomes stronger and Ash and his friends become better trainers. Throughout the series, the group faces many circumstances that demonstrate important lessons and help them better work together as a team.
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